More with less

Sun Microsystems last week sent out an email about its upcoming JavaOne show with the tagline 'Do more with Java'. I found it somewhat ironic that Sun's note came just a few weeks after Microsoft launched its Windows Server 2003, with the only slightly different slogan 'Do more with less'.

My evil editor claims to be fed up with my personal saga, the one you readers love so. And since Amber is crossing the puddle to merry England, the timing seems right to bid my own tale farewell and dedicate space solely to the gossip swirling throughout the industry.

I am not the only one repeating the "do more with less" mantra. Sun Microsystems, in fact, last week sent out an email about its upcoming JavaOne show with the tagline "Do more with Java". I found it somewhat ironic that Sun's note came just a few weeks after Microsoft launched its Windows Server 2003, with the only slightly different slogan "Do more with less".

EDS redux

Earlier this month I revealed that Electronic Data Systems was behind schedule and over budget in its contract with the US Navy and Marines, but I asked some of my spies to dig a bit deeper.

Well, apparently EDS has kept very poor billing records and cannot properly bill various navy and marine corps units for equipment, either what is already in their possession or on order.

Furthermore, EDS has some serious problems identifying users and applications from data submitted several times by the navy. The company is using this and other excuses for the continually slipping network-implementation dates, which are sliding by up to six months. Finally, despite the fact that EDS boasts that its people can install 500 computers a night, the company also admitted that its techs can only set up two computers per tech each night. It's no wonder they are over budget and running behind schedule.

Microsoft + Best Buy = scam

Two weeks ago reports emerged that Microsoft and Best Buy are being accused of a scam in which customers wind up getting charged -- unknowingly -- for MSN service.

Well, one of my moles is a victim of that scam and testified to me about problems the companies caused him. He bought a camera -- a camera -- at Best Buy for one of his staffers last year using a corporate American Express card and got more than he bargained before, as in an MSN account. To have the charges removed, my mole had to sit and sit on the phone with MSN. 

To tell you the truth, I have become somewhat depressed about Amber leaving. And while I try to force optimism, airing our dirty laundry, so to speak, probably did not help matters. So while I will miss the more personal side of this column with readers, my love life might just be the better for it.

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